obit: Jerry Krenek
- Jerry Krenek, 93, died March 16, 2010.Visitation followed by funeral services were held March 20, 1020 at Nelsonville Brethren Church with Rev. Michael Groseclose presiding at Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Burial was in the National Cemetery i Nelsonville.Krenek was born in Nelsonville Jan. 28, 1917, the son of Adolph and Francis (Zoskoda) Krenek. He worked the farm with his parents and at an early age was given an old car to fix up. This started his lifelong love of auto repair.In October of 1942, Krenek joined the Army Air Corps as a plane mechanic. He became a member of the 456th Bomb Group serving as mechanic and aerial gunner on a B-24 named the Purple shaft. He received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for gallantry in Action over Austria on April 23, 1944.Despite being wounded, he manned his gun and destroyed two enemy fighters, allowing his crew to return safely. He flew 34 missions before being wounded again and sent home. During his service to his country he was awarded the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with three battle stars.He was discharged in September 1945 with the rank of Tech Sergeant. After recovering from his wounds in San Antonio, he moved to the Industry area and started Krenek's Garage. He loved to drive his old cars in parades and won many awards for them.At the time of his death, he was still working with cars and tractors because he did not feel the need to retire. Whatever he was doing, he stopped work in order to watch The Price Is Right, which was his favorite TV show. He loved to travel, and attended all of the Bomb Group reunions all over the country. His last trip was in 2008 to Branson, Mont. with his son, Jerry Wayne.Krenek was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Alvin; brothers, Leo and Jimmy; sister, Margie Kudlacek and wife Edna.He is survived by his children, Jerry Krenek, Jr. of Freeport, Wanda Bray of Weimar, and Jerry W. Krenek of Columbus; grandchildren, Danny Krenek of Freeport, Adrian Smith of Fort Collins, Col., Liz Bray of Houston, Michael Krenek and Tammy Gill of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Savannah, Dalton, Karen, James, Christian, Savannah, Seth, Shelby, Brittany, Brant, and Madilyn; great-great-granddaughter, Cheyanne; nieces, Janice, Imogene, Patsy, Linda, Susie, Cindy and Lisa; nephews, Archie, Richard, Ronnie, and Quentis; and sisters-in-law, Toni Krenek and Theresa Stark.Pallbearers were Archie Duncan, Richard Kudlacek, Ronnie Kudlacek, Adrian Smith, Quintis Stark III, and James Plummer II.In lieu of usual remembrances, his children request that donations be made to Lone Star Wildlife Rescue, Inc.Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.Fayette County Record, Friday, March 26, 2010Submitted by Rosemary ErmisNote: Savannah was printed twice in newspaper.
- Jerry Krenek, age 93 and a member of the Nelsonville Brethren Church, died on March 16, 2010 at Industry, Texas. He was born on January 28, 1917 in Nelsonville.Mr. Krenek is survived by three children, five grandchildren, 11-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.Services were on March 20, 2010 from the Nelsonville Brethren Church, with burial in National Cemetery. Minister: Michael Groseclose.Brethren Journal May 2010Submitted by Rosemary Ermis